Advanced, Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment for Teens and Adults
When you think of orthodontics, you might envision a teenager with a mouthful of metal. The latest advances in orthodontics have made that image a thing of the past. Braces come in a variety of materials and are used increasingly by adults to correct problems with spacing and to address temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
Orthodontic Dentistry and Teeth Alignment
Orthodontic treatment is used to correct problems of excessive space between teeth and crooked or crowded teeth. This therapy is also used to correct overbites, underbites and crossbites. The therapy usually involves the use of braces to create spaces or reshape the teeth and jaws.
Orthodontics and TMD
The science of orthodontic dentistry is increasingly being used by adults to treat TMD which causes pain to millions of people everyday. TMD is often associated with headaches, muscle spasms, dizziness and ringing in the ears.
Orthodontics and Aesthetics
Many adults are also discovering the difference that improved alignment can make to the appearance of their smiles. The use of braces to improve the look of a smile is gaining in popularity. With newer materials, braces are less visible than ever before!
Six Months Smiles® – A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought – Six Month Smiles® utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.
Whether for adolescents or adults, orthodontics can improve the look of your teeth and your overall health. Contact us today to learn more.
Invisalign is an aesthetic orthodontic dentistry technique that uses a series of doctor-prescribed, clear aligners to correct malaligned teeth, bites, and smiles for teens and adults. It has been around since the late 1990s and been used by over 3 million patients including celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Heidi Klum, and Katherine Heigl. The idea of using removable appliances to move teeth has been around much longer. However, Align Technology has developed an extremely precise, 3-D, digitally controlled way that allows doctors to move teeth with aligners that are clear, comfortable, and effective.
The aligners are made of an FDA approved, medical grade plastic that is customized to fit your teeth. Your doctor determines how teeth move in terms of speed, order, and direction. About every two weeks, there is a new aligner that fits your teeth slightly differently from the previous one to gradually improve alignment.
Just like regular braces that place pressure on the teeth all the time, Invisalign must be worn for as close to full-time as possible. The general rule is for 22 hours per day, allowing 2 hours for brushing, flossing, and eating. The average treatment time with Invisalign is about one year, ranging from about six months, to a few years depending on treatment planning, compliance, and severity of the malocclusion.